Emily Swanson | September 9, 2009
German Marshall Fund / Compagnia di San Paolo / TNS
6/9-7/1/09; 1,000 adults/country, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews and face-to-face interviews
(Transatlantic Trends: release, toplines)
European support for U.S. President Barack Obama's handling of foreign policy is quadruple the approval given to his predecessor, George W. Bush, according to a new survey released today by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). But people in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey were markedly less enthusiastic about Obama and the United States than were their West European counterparts. And Obama's personal popularity has not bridged serious transatlantic differences over Afghanistan, Iran, and climate change.
Transatlantic Trends 2009 (www.transatlantictrends.org) shows that three-in-four (77%) respondents in the European Union and Turkey support President Obama's handling of international affairs compared to just one-in-five (19%) who approved of President Bush's foreign policy in 2008.
"We see a remarkable shift in transatlantic opinion from the previous administration," said Craig Kennedy, GMF president. "With American leadership enjoying unprecedented modern popularity, partners on both sides of the Atlantic have an immense opportunity to cooperate on a range of economic and security issues."